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Anna Wintour Named 69th Most Powerful Woman By Forbes

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/24/2011 4:48 pm Updated: 10/24/2011 5:12 am

Anna Wintour likes to pretend she's not that powerful. She demures, she uses the phrase "keep my head down" a lot, she speaks in measured tones.

But the truth is out, people: Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, is one of the most powerful women in the world.

Forbes released its "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list and fashion's biggest name nabbed the #69 spot. She spoke to reporter Jenna Goudreau about her favorite Vogue-oriented talking points (Fashion's Night Out, her favorite cover stars, Michelle Obama) but was also pressed on just what it means to be powerful.

The famously icy editrix said:

I don’t think of myself as a powerful person. You know, what does it mean? It means you get a better seat in a restaurant or tickets to a screening or whatever it may be. But it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to help others, and for that I’m extremely grateful.

Being powerful also means you get to dine with President Obama, accept a Legion of Honor medal in France, receive a Webby Award from Manhattan's tech geeks and employ the most brilliant stylist as your righthand woman.

But sure, restaurants. That's what it's all about.

It's also, in part, about money -- Gisele Bundchen also made Forbes' "Powerful Women" list this year, mainly because she is the richest supermodel in the world. Now that's power.

Check out the rest of Forbes' "Powerful Women" list for more awe-inspiring females and read the interview with Anna Wintour here.

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